We are deep in the throes of a Disney remake boom. * The tide of films that were once animated classics and are now photorealistic reboots will continue to cascade over our heads until we're drowning in them. * Or maybe it just seems that way because we will have seen three of them by month's end. "Dumbo" and "Aladdin" are already out, and the latest, "The Lion King," releases Friday. * (The tally will be five if you count the new "Maleficent" movie and the direct-to-streaming "Lady and the Tramp" on the way.) * Anyway, "The Lion King." * The 1994 hand drawn animated original, starring James Earl Jones, has been remade into a CGanimated spectacle, also starring James Earl Jones. As is the case with these types of things, it has the overarching plot of the original, the same characters, many of the same musical numbers and a few new elements to accompany the hyper-realistic animation. * Beginning with the rebooted "Cinderella" in 2015, Disney has tackled some of its most iconic animated classics. But what should they do next? And what films are too good, too weird, too unadaptable to even be touched? * We made a list. * But first, a quick look back at what's been remade and what's in the pipeline.
THE LION KING
Cast:Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé, John Oliver, seth rogen, Chance the rapper, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Kani
Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Theaters:Aksarben, alamo la Vista, alamo Midtown, Bluffs 17, Majestic, Oakview, regal, Twin Creek, Village Pointe, Westroads